A California lawyer, on behalf of the CA Reform Sex Offender Laws (RSOL), has filed a federal lawsuit challenging the sex offender ordinance (Sex Offender Registration) regulating the presence of sex offenders in the city, adopted by the City of Pomona in 2008. Currently Pomona's restrictions on registrants are very strict and prohibit them from being on private property, such as movie theaters and other facilities. Janice Belluci, who filed the lawsuit, says that this ordinance is one of the worst in California. This ordinance makes it difficult for those required to register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290 to move into the city.
This is the first lawsuit in a series to challenge similar lawsuits in other cities throughout California. The lawsuits will continuously be filed every Monday morning until the cities that have restricted the presence of registered sex offenders in public places and facilities repeal their ordinances or agree not to enforce them any longer. More than 70 cities in the state have restrictive ordinances and in January the CA RSOL notified them of a recent California Court of Appeal decision invalidating two ordinances, one of those being from the city of Irvine. Several cities have now repealed their ordinances and others have agreed not to enforce them until the Supreme Court decides to review the Court of Appeal decision. These restrictive ordinances have a significant impact on the lives of more than 100,000 people around the state and indirectly affect about 400,000 family members of registered sex offenders.